Lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water in the Lake District
Photo: Coniston Water in the Lake District

Brantwood

Photo: Brantwood by Coniston

Sail to Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, poet, artist and social reformer. Visit the house, garden, craft gallery and bistro.

The very best way to approach Brantwood is from the Lake, and our two launches provide an hourly northern cruise service from Coniston and an hourly yellow route cruise service to Brantwood. Exclusively we sell discounted tickets on behalf on Brantwood for entry to the house and gardens (bookable online) - see our timetable and fares page. Discounted Brantwood tickets are also available on board.

take the bus

Take advantage of the 'Ruskin Explorer' ticket including fares for Bus and Boat, plus Brantwood House. The 505 Stagecoach service runs from Windermere and Ambleside. Alternatively take the 525 'Cross Lakes Experience' from Bowness, via boat & bus. Buses interchange at the Waterhead Hotel where you can, if you wish, enjoy light refreshments before boarding the launch. Traveline 0871 200 2233 for bus timetables followed by Cumbria area code 874.

more information

Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin, the writer, poet and artist - but possibly best known as an art critic and for championing the works of the artist J M W Turner. It is owned by a private trust and is open to the public for a fee. Inside the house there are superb drawings and watercolours by John Ruskin and also a video about his life. Throughout the season there are a number of exhibitions and events at Brantwood. There is a Craft Gallery which sells the work of local artists, and there is also an excellent restaurant that provides the ideal setting for a light meal. The gardens are worth a visit in their own right. For a more comprehensive guide to Brantwood, including their diary of exhibitions and events you should see www.brantwood.org.uk/.